TV Answer Man, do you know which college basketball tournament games will be in 4K on Fox on Thursday? — Lou, Arlington, Texas.
Lou, Fox today will stream eight Big Ten and Big East college basketball tournament games in 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range). The games can be watched in 4K HDR on the Fox Sports and Fox Now apps by using your TV Everywhere user name and password from your pay TV provider.
The Big East coverage in 4K will begin today with four quarterfinals games at noon (St. John’s vs. Marquette), 2:30 p.m. (Providence vs. UConn), 7 p.m. (DePaul vs. Xavier) and 9:30 p.m. (Creighton vs. Villanova.) All times Eastern.
The Big Ten coverage in 4K will begin today with four second round games at noon (Rutgers vs. Michigan), 2:30 p.m. (Iowa vs. Ohio State), 6:30 p.m. (Penn State vs. Illinois) and 9 p.m. (Maryland vs. Minnesota). All times Eastern.
The pay TV services that are expected to carry all eight games on special 4K channels are DIRECTV, Dish, Comcast, Verizon, Optimum, YouTube TV, and FuboTV. (In markets where the Fox affiliate is provided with your programming package.) Check your on-screen guide for more details.
Fox will simulcast the Big East 4K games in HD on FS1 while it will simulcast the Big Ten games on the Big Ten Network.
On March 10, the network will stream the Big East semifinals in 4K at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET. And on March 11, Fox will offer the Big East final in 4K at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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Fox will not stream the Big Ten semifinals or final in 4K. CBS has the TV rights to those games.
Note: Fox’s 4K broadcasts are upscaled from 1080p HDR. Upscaling is the process when one video format is converted to another. Fox takes the 1080p HDR signal and converts it to a 4K format. Upscaling 4K is not considered as good as native 4K, but the inclusion of HDR can offer heightened colors and vividness.
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